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Over a year ago, we wrote about a wonderful piece in Foreign Affairs by Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore, noting that the real "danger" of the Snowden and Manning revelations was that it effectively killed off the US's ability to use hypocrisy as a policy tool. Show More Summary
Nigel Farage, head of the British political party UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), is certainly an interesting character. UKIP is something akin to a vastly more organized version of the Tea Party here in the United States, in that their policies are typically further to the right of the more common conservatives within the political system. Show More Summary
If you're getting ready for a holiday meal meal with family, you might be planning anything from going to a Chinese restaurant to an elaborate home-cooked turkey. Whatever the case may be, there are more than a few holiday traditions out there. Show More Summary
Uber, the "hail a ride from your phone" company, has faced quite a few challenges lately, many of which it's brought on itself. Questions raised about its practices, its approach to privacy and its way of dealing with the competition are all worth exploring. Show More Summary
Several of these items deserve special treatment, but I am way behind and still have to finish my Christmas shopping. Please accept this list therefore as my Christmas gift to you. An IRS spokesperson stated that yes, the criminal charges... Related Stories Assorted Stupidity #69 Assorted Stupidity #68 Assorted Stupidity #67
An old chestnut from the not-so-vast genre of legal Christmas satire, "The Night Before Christmas Legally Speaking" continues to make glad the heart of the legal community.
Behold. The future of law enforcement. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) held its first-ever hackathon on Friday. The event was focused on a single problem: How to redact the video streams recorded by police officers from their dashcams and (soon) body-worn video cameras. Show More Summary
Yep. Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "in Congress." Nothing in the Constitution disqualifies a felon from serving in Congress. That doesn't mean he or she can avoid serving time in prison, but conviction doesn't necessarily... ...Show More Summary
We've talked quite a bit about the importance of Section 230 of the CDA in the US, and how it protects internet sites from the actions of their users. Some have tried to downplay the importance of Section 230, arguing that it goes too far in protecting bad behavior, or even arguing that it has little impact on innovation. Show More Summary
Toronto defense lawyer Edward "Eddie" Greenspan, a towering figure in Canadian law since the 1970s, has died at the age of 70.
For years, we've pointed out that the giant "settlements" that the MPAA likes to announce with companies it declares illegal are little more than Hollywood-style fabrications. Cases are closed with big press releases throwing aroundShow More Summary
To me, the biggest story to come out of the Sony Hack remains how the MPAA and the major studios were conspiring to attack Google by paying for state Attorneys General to drum up silly investigations of the company. Most everyone else...Show More Summary
The joke's on North Korea: you can't hack the D.C. Circuit because they still use Commodore 64s. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post] As we remember the Slaughter and May holiday party of 1981, here's a mashup with contemporary music. Show More Summary
Legal clashes over holiday displays in public spaces have become more common this time of year, as atheists and other groups that advocate separation of church and state have countered traditional Nativity scenes with irreverent decorations.
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Eastman Chemical Co. v. Plastipure, Inc., 2014 WL 7271384, No. 13–51087 (5 th Cir. Dec. 22, 2014) A jury found that Plastipure (and defendant CertiChem) engaged in false advertising (discussed here). The court of appeals affirmed the entry of an injunction. Show More Summary
Law professor Margot Kaminski has a fascinating post detailing how the FAA's "drone licensing" program could very much violate the First Amendment. A while back, she'd already expressed concerns about the FAA's attempt to ban the use...Show More Summary
The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a very important ruling for women's health this week.
Happy holidays from your favorite foreclosure attorney!